Total 20 projects have been shortlisted for this prestigious award
Two Bangladeshi architectural projects have been selected for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Total 20 projects have been shortlisted for this prestigious award, said a statement on Thursday.
The two Bangladeshi projects selected are: Arcadia Education Project in South Kanarchor; and Amber Denim Loom Shed in Gazipur.
Arcadia Education Project, in South Kanarchor, a modular amphibious structure - incorporating space for a preschool, a hostel, a nursery, and a vocational training centre - which is tied down on a riverine site that is often flooded for five months every year.
Amber Denim Loom Shed, in Gazipur, a new design that combines traditional Bangladeshi residential architecture and contemporary elements in a large open space that accommodates machines, a buyers' lounge, a dining space, a prayer area and washrooms.
The projects will compete for $1 million in prize money, the release further stated.
Earlier in January, an independent Master Jury reviewed hundreds of nominations.
The 20 shortlisted projects are now undergoing rigorous investigations by a team of experts who visit and evaluate each project on-site.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture's mandate is different from that of many other architecture prizes: it selects projects - from slum upgrading to high-rise "green" buildings - that not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life.
The Award not only rewards architects, but also identifies municipalities, builders, clients, master artisans and engineers who have played important roles in the realization of a project.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
It currently operates 1,000 or so programmes and institutions in 30 countries − many of which date back over 60 years, and some over 100.